Yale has knocked down a historic, dilapidated three-story downtown building that used to be home to the York Street Noodle House.

An excavator and empty land are now all that’s left standing on the fenced-in, 0.06-acre lot at 166 York St.

That property used to hold a townhouse-style residential and commercial structure that was built around 1890 and was listed as a contributing property in the Chapel Street Commercial National Register Historic District.

After first requesting a demolition permit from the city’s Building Department last October and then waiting out the city-mandated 90-day delay for knocking down historic structures, Yale pulled a demolition permit for 166 York on April 18.

A university spokesperson told the Independent that Yale razed the building at 166 York on April 30, and removed a majority of the debris from the site by May 6.

Yale wound up demolishing 166 York in large part because of significant structural problems with the building’s roof. ​“Although Yale invested significant funds in an effort to stabilize the structure and upgrade the infrastructure, based on recent reports from architects and engineering consultants, the building is not safe to occupy,” the university’s spokesperson told the Independent last December.

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